Work Life Imbalance: The Topmost Reason for Internet Addiction

Now the question is - why do we become addicted to the internet? Chew on this for a bit – Is our life for work or is work for life? When we work for a meaningful or fulfilling life, generally we do not face any problems. But when we start to live our life for work in order to fulfill our unfulfilled desires irrespective of fulfilling our need, life appears to offer an awful choice between money and meaning.

Our meaningful work is the invisible thread which keeps our mind and self in alignment. In case of any misalignment our self starts to feel low and the mind starts to wander. In spite of an excellent salary package, people around us are not truly happy. We can easily see that they are getting themselves into a downward spiral of job-related despair and do not know how to fix it.

They go to Google Baba and search the answers of innumerable questions related to their work life imbalance. "What to do if you hate your career?" "How to remain happy at workplace?" "How to handle an angry boss?" ...the list is endless. What is the basic reason behind this painful situation? The root of all this is the misalignment of their selves and their work.

Earning money, achieving a status, making a difference, following our passions, and using our talents are the core elements which make our work meaningful. In all these factors money and status are known as the “extrinsic" motivating factors and rest three are the "intrinsic" motivating factors. This is the sole reason that if we are motivated externally we'll always sense a void and will try to fill it by our activities in the virtual world of internet in a transient manner. If we are motivated internally we will never be distracted and there will be no need of satiating our unfulfilled desires.

If you want happiness in the transient way it will lead you nowhere. In Carlyle's words "Get your happiness out of your work or you will never know what real happiness is."

Do not expect that Google Baba will answer all your questions. It is only you who is answerable and you have to extract the answers from within yourself. Do not TIMEPASS as your life is meant for living in these moments and not dying bit by bit. Khalil Gibran said "If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy."